Microbiology is one of the most important topics for Step 1, and I will be honest the board loves Microbiology. And it is one of the easiest topics to get easy points. You will get 7 to 8 questions per block on your exam. I have seen a lot of people studying so many sources for Microbiology. But today I will tell you exactly what you need to do to get all the Microbiology questions right on the exam.
First Aid Microbiology section is extremely high yield and is all you need for Step 1. Every single question will be from that section. You don't have to be a Microbiology major or take any microbiology courses to ace this section. So what do you need to do? Well, don't just read that section like a newspaper. Memorize those pages!!! Make sure you remember every single page from the First Aid Microbiology section just like you remember your name! The easiest way to memorize them is by having someone quiz you page by page.
Now, when it comes to the viruses you might find them difficult to remember. But, don't worry you are not alone. The good news is, they will barely ask you any questions from the virus's segment, envelope etc. But please try your best to memorize them and know the famous viruses (e.g. EBV, CMV, HIV, Rubella, and E.T.C). You must know the diseases and cancers that are associated with them.
Also, memorize the Antibiotics!!! They are high yield for both Step 1 and Step 2. Trust me they wouldn't leave you alone. So memorize them well!!! Lastly, Microbiology is pure memorization. And First Aid has everything you need to know for Microbiology. You don't need to read Kaplan or Clinical Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple. Good Luck Studying!